Performance Evaluation Test of the Rapid Area Preparation Tool (RAPTOR)
INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA
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The purpose of this test is to assess the performance of the Rapid Area Preparation Tool RAPTOR. The RAPTOR is designed to address some of the vegetation-clearing, soil preparation, and mine removal and neutralization problems associated with humanitarian demining. The test was conducted in two segments. In the first, vegetation-clearing testing was conducted at Test Site A in October 2007. Soil preparation testing with in-ground tools was also begun at Test Site B, but testing was cut short by rain and eventually postponed until spring 2008. In May 2008, soil preparation testing resumed with the solid-soft-core SETCO Jelly Belly tires at Test Site A.
- Land Mine Warfare